Gilas beat Kazakhstan by 37 in August, how did we end up here?
Paul Lintag on Dec 01, 2018 06:35 AM
Coach Renatas Kurilionokas promised a different result in Kazakhstan's rematch against Gilas and he was proven right Friday, scoring a 92-88 upset of the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines --- There was legitimate reason for Gilas Pilipinas to feel confident against Kazakhstan ahead of their showdown in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
After all, it's only been a couple of months since the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and in Indonesia, Gilas smashed Kazakshstan to pieces, scoring a rather convincing 37-point win.
However, Kazakhstan head coach Renatas Kurilionokas had specific reasons on why his team fell flat the last time they faced the Philippines.
The youthful 28-year-old coach said that his team had problems with their flights back in the Asian Games and it helped lead to an embarassing beating at the hands of Gilas Pilipinas.
"37. 59-96, I know," Kurilionokas said on Kazakhstan's last meeting with Gilas.
"We played like 10 in the morning. We arrived [in Jakarta] in the evening, before the game. We had a 12-hour flight, everybody slept in the plane," he added.
Kurilionokas promised a different result in Kazakhstan's rematch against Gilas and he was proven right Friday, scoring a 92-88 upset of the Philippines.
Preparation proved to be all the difference.
"You see? Different flights, different conditions," he said.
"We're not tired, [when] we have time to prepare, we are winners," Kurilionokas added.
The win put Kazakhstan at 4-5 in Group F, one full game behind Gilas and Japan for third place and a FIBA World Cup berth.
Kazakhstan will have Japan on the road next and for the final FIBA window in early 2019, they get to settle its difference with the Philippines as they host Gilas in a home game.
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